Liverpool were involved in a memorable Capital One cup clash against Middlesbrough, progressing after a dramatic 14-13 penalty shootout win.
The fact the Reds were unable to beat the Championship side even after extra time adds to the concerns over their early season form, but there were certainly positives to take.
These included 17-year-old Jordan Rossiter scoring the game's opening goal, and Jordan Williams stepping off the substitute's bench and netting in the shootout.
Williams sent a message out on Twitter after the game, still on a high from the manner of the victory.
Thanks you all for the messages absolutely buzzing, and to of scored my pen in front of the Kop! Great support as usual!— Jordan Williams (@J8williams) September 23, 2014
Williams is a Welsh youth international, and replaced Rossiter late on in normal time. Both players earned the praise of Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva.
It wasn't the way we would like to win but we did at the end. Congratulations to both Jordan for their debut. Thanks for the support #YNWA— Lucas Leiva (@LucasLeiva87) September 23, 2014
Landing up on the losing side would have been a negative experience for the duo to carry with them until their next chance at least, but playing for the first team and featuring prominently in the result will be a major confidence boost for each, and aid their development - perhaps the biggest plus manager Brendan Rodgers can take from the game.